2nd Graders Become Engineers of Own Parade Floats

Before Thanksgiving break, second graders at The Learning Center Charter School completed a Project Based Learning (PBL) project focused around the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.

The second graders first learned all about the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Once they had a solid understanding of the historical perspective, students researched past float designs. They were then challenged to design and construct their own balloon floats.

Stephanie Hopper, second grade teacher, said, “These students diligently worked on academic standards that included math, science, social studies and language arts during our Thanksgiving parade PBL project.”  Hopper added that the genius behind PBL is that the students just thought they were having fun.

“The PBL approach ensures that students learn material with both breadth and depth because students are so engaged in what they are doing,” said Hopper.  She added that the PBL approach provides a means for integration across multiple subject areas and allows students to better understand a topic through the physical act of doing.

Upon completion of the project, students shared their work with the entire school by conducting their very own parade across the campus.

Students Make Cards for Nursing Home Residents

Third grade students at The Learning Center Charter School made greeting cards for residents at the nursing home at Erlanger Murphy Medical Center in Peachtree.  The cards were hand delivered and thoroughly enjoyed by the recipients.

Gina Stafford, third grade teacher at the school, said, “The students were very creative and thoughtful while making the cards. They were so happy to be doing something for others.”  She added that she enjoyed hearing their thoughts and watching them put so much effort into this project.

1st Graders Make Airplane Ornaments

Ms. Katie and Ms. Emily collaborated to bring airplanes to young pilot enthusiasts.

They explored biplanes and created Christmas ornaments that clip onto Christmas tree branches. Students designed and decorated colorful biplanes after looking at traditional plane designs.

Students exclaimed this was the best science ever- especially since they will follow up with fairy house building!

Students Use Technology to Celebrate Holidays

Sixth graders at The Learning Center Charter School used state of the art technology to celebrate the holidays.

First, students designed cookie cutters as part of their studies of expanding ratios in math class. Once designed, each student printed their cookie cutter on one of the schools several 3D printers. They used the cookie cutters in salt dough which ultimately became Christmas tree ornaments.

However, the class did not stop there.  Each student also designed and 3D printed unique Christmas ornaments, sharpened their computer programming skills by writing computer code to move a robot along a desired course, and engineered pop-up Christmas cards.

Sixth grade math teacher, Kathleen Shook, said, “At our school we integrate state of the art technology into everything we do. Christmas was no exception.”

Shook added that having the means to take what starts as an idea all the way through to a completed project keeps her students engaged in the standard course of study required by the state but also makes her students thirsty for more.

“Having the technology at our fingertips means that I’m able to cover academic standards with impressive scope,” said Shook.

Shook added that her students are already gearing up with ideas, plans, designs and projects for the school’s fourth annual School Maker Faire scheduled for March 14, 2019.

ARTrageous 2018 Recap

On November 8th and 9th, 2018, our school hosted our third annual art celebration and fundraising event — ARTrageous 2018.

This two night event featured a live and silent auction on Thursday. Former North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson, was on hand to entertain the crowd.

On the second night of the event, art was celebrated in all forms from food, dancing, live music, written and spoken word, to gallery art and live drama performances.

Our fabulous TLC! GrowZone Players  performed a one-act play. These young actors always steal the show and give audiences a great preview of the spectacular performances you’ll see at our annual Spring Musical. This year’s play, The Wolf Who Was a Vegetarian, and Other Slightly Bizarre Stories featured the work of North Carolina Playwright Susan Steadman,  seen in the photo above.

Come Support ARTrageous & Our Own GrowZone Players TONIGHT

TONIGHT is ARTrageous 2018 — art, food, live music, and our fabulous GrowZone Players performing a one-act play. $8 for adults and $5 for students. Please consider supporting this awesome event. Plus you’ll be able to bid on items in our silent auction. OH! Did I mention there will be food? 

 

Other Seasonal Celebrations Around Campus at Halloween Time – Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Computer Coding

In addition to our annual Makers Mash that took place last week on Halloween, our students founds lots of other ways to celebrate the season as well.  Students in third grade decorated pumpkins and middle schoolers across the board did fun computer coding with a Halloween theme.

Scenes from Makers Mash 2018

Each year at Halloween time, our school puts on a party for Makers. We call it our annual Makers Mash and it is an event that student and staff look forward to each year. Students make decorated/carved pumpkins, monsters from upcycled materials, and come dressed in costumes in all sorts of categories such as traditional, upcycled, yearly themed and group categories. Judges are on hand to pick winners in a wide variety of categories and even award cash prizes. This yearly Maker event gets the creative juices flowing and gets our students thinking about our annual School Maker Faire that will be held in March. Such fun!